LONDON (Combined Sources)–The third European Social Forum (ESF)–which convened in London on October 15–came to a successful end on October 17. At a giant gathering for groups and organizations opposed to war–racism–and economic injustice–the ESF attracted over 30,000 participants from all regions of the world.
The ESF–which emerged during the 2001 World Social Forum held in Porto Alegre–Brazil–attracted a number of world renowned activists including–Aleida Guevara–daughter of Che Guevara; president of Ireland’s Sinn Fein–Gerry Adams; former Labour MP–George Galloway; president of ATTAC–Bernard Cassen; and others.
Culminating in a 15,000 person strong anti-war protest–the forum addressed issues dealing with war and peace–democracy and fundamental rights–social justice and workers rights –corporate globalization–and the environment.
Six delegates from Armenia–France–and England represented the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) during the three-day forum. The delegates participated in discussions concerning the Turkish occupation of Cyprus–the condition of Kurds living in Turkey–and Turkey’s aspiration to enter the European Union.
The AYF delegation had the opportunity to meet with several groups from Turkey–whose members acknowledged the 1915 genocide of Ottoman Armenia’s and the need for the government of Turkey to formally recognize the event as such.
The delegation also met with representatives of French Socialist Party and the leaders of ECOSY–the youth organization of the Party of European Socialists–which–like the AYF–is a member of the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY).